Wednesday , March 3 2021
Home / Federal Politics / Branson backs Australian carbon neutral target by 2050

Branson backs Australian carbon neutral target by 2050

Billionaire airline mogul Richard Branson has called for Australia to adopt a net-zero emissions target by 2050, joining tech companies Tesla and Atlassian, energy company Origin, the Business Council and climate change groups.

In a submission to Independent MP Zali Steggall’s climate change bill, Sir Richard, whose group of companies include Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Galactic, said “humanity must redouble its efforts to stabilise the global temperature rise [and] reach net-zero by 2050 – ideally much earlier”.

Sir Richard Branson has called for Australia to adopt a net-zero target by 2050.

Sir Richard Branson has called for Australia to adopt a net-zero target by 2050.Credit:AP

He acknowledged his companies – which operates in the space, aviation and tourism sectors – “are quite aware of our climate impacts and our responsibility to tackle them”.

A commitment from the Australian government to net zero would give Virgin and other businesses “confidence to put the right long term strategies in place” and encourage companies to be more ambitious.

About admin

Check Also

Maker of world’s most popular electric car blasts Australia’s lack of ambition

Greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector have become the next frontier for the world’s …